Today’s Samoa is founded on Christianity, so it’s very common for us to give our...Read More
At long last, I’m finally back with Part 3 of this series of posts about the Samoan tattoo....Read More
Folklore has it that the original Maori traveled to Aotearoa from Havaiki on board several canoes, or waka. Each waka had a name, arrived at different times and landed at different parts of the islands now known as New Zealand.
Today Maori tribes, or iwi, can trace their genealogy back to the settlers who arrived on each waka.
A couple weeks ago I was in Hastings, home of the iwi Ngati Kahungunu, to celebrate their waka – Takitimu. At a cultural summit held during this four-day festival, a church minister from the Cook Islands got up and told us the history of this waka.Read More
Samoa’s history is peppered with skirmishes over land and even a civil war or two. It was customary back then for those who were defeated in battle to retreat into the mountains.
This is why, after the tragic events of Samoa’s Black Saturday, the men of the Mau scattered to find refuge in villages far away from Upolu’s troubled coastline.
The women, however, didn’t….Read More